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Jessica Rose Calvanico
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Feminist Studies Department
  • Affiliations History of Art/Visual Culture, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
    (831) 459-1478
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 415
  • Mail Stop Feminist Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • Department of Feminist Studies, 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060

Summary of Expertise

MA in the Social Sciences, Univeristy of Chicago, 2009

BA in Anthropology, George Washington University, 2008

Research Interests


My research explores carceral girlhood in Progressive Era New Orleans through an examination of the House of the Good Shepherd, built in 1873, which purports to be the only reformatory in the US South that admitted all girls deemed "sexually delinquent" regardless of their race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, or language.  

Honors, Awards and Grants

2019 Dissertation Quarter Fellowship (fall)

2019 Dissertation Quarter Fellowship (spring)

2018-2019 Soroptimist International Sierra Pacific Dissertation Fellow

2018 UCHRI Dissertation Support Grant

2018-2019 Historic New Orleans Collection's Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities

2016 UCSC IHR Summer Reserch Fellowship


Teaching Interests

Youth & Childhood Studies, American Studies, History of Sexuality, Visual Studies, Art History, Feminist Studies, Performance Studies, US History, Popular Culture, the US South